Architecture

Website Technology Changes in January 2014

As in the last four months I'm looking into changes visible at the frontend pages of the biggest websites. The last month saw a lot of version upgrades and hiding server versions.

The detailed results can be found here:

What Changed?

DNS-Prefetching The HTML header based DNS prefetching is expanding once more and for the first time used on adult site: xnxx.com
IPv6 An AAAA record was sigthed for the first time for yandex.ru
Version Upgrades
  • bildblog.de upgrades from Gentoo PHP 5.4.13 to 5.5.7
  • flipkart.com upgraded nginx 1.4.1 to 1.4.4
  • gomez.com switched OS and upgraded Apache 2.2.13 (Win32) to 2.2.15 (Red Hat)
  • jquery.com upgraded PHP 5.3.27 to 5.3.28
  • kickass.to upgraded Gentoo nginx 1.5.1 to bleeding edge 1.5.10 same for PHP 5.5.5 to 5.5.9
  • taz.de upgraded Apache 2.2.16 to 2.2.22
  • wetteronline.de upgraded Apache 2.4.2 to 2.4.7
  • xhamster.com upgraded nginx 1.4.1 to 1.4.4 and PHP 5.3.15 to 5.3.21
Hiding Server Version Additional sites are now hiding the webserver version

Note: the website links lead to a history page for the different sites were you can see the change details.

Caution!

All the results listed above are based on a simple scanning script. The results present a snapshot of the websites and a single response only. This is of course not necessarily an indicating for what techniques the site uses in daily operations!

Website Technology Changes in December 2013

As in the last three months I'm looking into changes visible at the frontend pages of the biggest websites. As to be expected changes during December are a bit limited as probably everyone favours stability over the holidays.

The detailed results can be found here:

What Changed?

DNS-Prefetching The HTML header based DNS prefetching is still there and gained yet another site: flipkart.com
IPv6 No change in AAAA records.
Version Upgrades fu-berlin.de upgrades from Apache 2.2.17 to 2.2.22
conduit.com upgrades from IIS 7.5 to 8.5
microsoft.com upgrades from IIS 8.0 to 8.5
Webserver Change Documentation site w3schools.com now shows nginx 1.2.6 instead IIS 7.5 as user facing webserver
Hiding Server Version One more site hostgator.com stopped reporting the Apache version

Note: the website links lead to a history page for the measurements.

Caution!

All the results listed above are based on a simple scanning script. The results present a snapshot of the websites and a single response only. This is of course not necessarily an indicating for what techniques the site uses in daily operations!

Large Website Technology Changes in November 2013

As in the last two months I performed another a indexing of the information reported by major websites. It covers mostly request header, HTML and DNS based information of the top 200 sites listed by Alexa and the top 100 German websites. All the information is freely available and only extracted from the website responses!

The detailed results can be found here:

What Changed?

DNS-Prefetching The HTML header based DNS prefetching is still there and gained another site: German job portal stepstone.de
IPv6 IPv6 support did not spread in the last month. Several sites have flapping visibility of their AAAA records.
Version Upgrades adf.ly upgrades from PHP 5.3.8 to 5.4.21.
rtl.de upgrades from Apache 2.2.21 to 2.4.6.
Webserver Change German health portal imedo.de switched from Mongrel to Apache
Hiding Server Version Porn site xnxx.com stopped reporting usage of PHP 5.3.6
CDN In 11/2013 conduit.com switched from Cotendo to Akamai CDN.
Hoster German couples portal parship.de seems to have changed hoster and is using BigIP F5 load balancers now.

Note: the website links lead to a history page for the measurements.

Caution!

All the results listed above are based on a simple scanning script. The results present a snapshot of the websites and a single response only. This is of course not necessarily an indicating for what techniques the site uses in daily operations!

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